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California Chrome cleared to wear nasal strip

California Chrome Can Wear Nasal Strip

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- California Chrome can breathe easy - he may wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

Belmont Park stewards cleared the horse Monday to use the strip he wore while winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

New York tracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on the list.

A statement from the New York Racing Association and the state's Gaming Commission says three stewards unanimously gave approval.

The strip worn by California Chrome during his six-race winning streak is thought to improve airflow through his nostrils. That will come in handy during the Belmont's grueling 1 1/2 miles on June 7.

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gway1958 May 19 2014 at 1:11 PM

Go Chrome

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louisecan2 May 19 2014 at 4:23 PM

This is the best decision NY could of made since they are the only state left who doesn't allow it. He is a beautiful animal, I hope he wins..good luck to the jockey and the owners! Never really got that interested in horse racing until now..nice break from all the bad news!

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PAULINE louisecan2 May 19 2014 at 4:29 PM

have nasal strips ever been used before? I have never heard of this before.

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smitchell1015 May 19 2014 at 4:05 PM

Yayyyy! Glad that was cleared! I would love to see this animal win the triple!! Has not happened since 1978....

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tnfino4me May 19 2014 at 4:08 PM

Gooooo Chrome! So excited to see this animal run! I wish him and his team all the best! Beautiful horse!

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jpfmtka tnfino4me May 19 2014 at 4:15 PM

The Belmont is "a lot of track", but our wishes are for him and his team!

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Rodney W Ross Jr May 19 2014 at 1:16 PM

I'm glad they made this decision, I want to see a Triple Crown winner. However, without ruling as they did, Bye, Bye to sponsors, TV viewership and the Crown. I wonder if they would have madr the same ruling without a TC possibility?

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BigPugMama Rodney W Ross Jr May 19 2014 at 2:04 PM

I wonder that too,,,,,

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HEIDE May 19 2014 at 12:57 PM

Go California Chrome!!! I so loved Barbaros. I hope CC will stay safe. I so wish for him and the owners that he will win the Triple Crown

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biker82112 May 19 2014 at 3:05 PM

How ironic If CC should win by a nose.

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Rod biker82112 May 19 2014 at 3:20 PM

Good one but I think he'll win by more than a nose --oh yeah, Commanding Curve has same initials so be careful - lol !

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Anne Kelderhouse May 19 2014 at 12:44 PM

Yay! Have never met this horse but love him! Since I have some breathing problems with exertion myself, i certainly understand why CC would need this strip to help! Go!!!

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barzon1492 May 19 2014 at 4:30 PM

Horse racing is a struggling industry despite the enormous money that is thrown around. The industry needs some excitement to renew interest in a dying sport. To not allow the nasal strip would be a lost opportunity in bringing attention to the so called "Triple Crown".

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mmconstruction99 May 19 2014 at 4:41 PM

meaning any horse can wear the piece not just chrome so its not unfair.

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topgunn123 mmconstruction99 May 19 2014 at 5:08 PM

That is right !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Any of the horses can wear one if they so chose too . So its FAIR for all the horses .

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